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A few days ago, Bell announced that CraveTV had merged with The Movie Network, with both services being renamed Crave. This ends the TMN: The Movie Network era, which began in 1993.

Prior to being re-branded The Movie Network, the pay-tv channel was known as First Choice. But before that, it had the cumbersome moniker First Choice-Superchannel, and originally, it launched as First Choice.

So if you're following along at home, this station has been named:

  • First Choice
  • First Choice-Superchannel
  • First Choice
  • TMN: The Movie Network
  • Crave

Thanks to Retrontario, we can hop in a time machine and enjoy these old intros. Here's the First Choice feature presentation opening from back in 1983.

Here's the old First Choice-Superchannel feature presentation fanfare.

Farewell, TMN.

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I still vividly remember the very early days of pay television in Canada and how there would be
a block of Playboy TV programmed late on Friday nights. Managed to catch come of this classic
pervy fromage at far too early an age. Today's tweens and teenagers really don't know how lucky they are in that such tawdry content is now only some clickbait away!! Sure, obviously it is meant for folks
eighteen and older, but that is an another discussion, if not an unwinnable argument for another day. Ah, precious memories! P.S,, "CRAVE" really sounds more like it should be the name of some kind
of outfit aiming its wares at insatiable addicts of various stripes. Then again, considering the binging
habits of some people, totally appropriate after all!

November 4, 2018 @ 1:56 PM

Norbert Dutra

Lol....watching unscrambled porn and waiting for that split second where it wasn't so scrambled. Umm...I never did that

November 4, 2018 @ 10:17 PM


And that ridiculous converter/remote with the long wire and the slider channel selector.
Was it a ‘Jerrold’?

November 5, 2018 @ 12:19 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I definitely had a remote control from Jerrold.

Those slider channel selector things were called converters, I think. Or maybe that's what we called the remotes. Man, we've come a long way.

November 5, 2018 @ 2:03 PM


IMHO, we have come much too far!! Too much choice and too many channels, especially
for broke-ass Luddites like myself who can barely keep up with the basic cable TV universe!
Boy, do I ever miss the end of local UHF accessibility! That fateful day at the start of
September back in 2011 or thereabouts was truly the beginning of my remaining sanity's

November 5, 2018 @ 2:13 PM


Wish they would do something about the Crave App. Casting to the TV from the phone is not very friendly. They can take a lesson from NetFlix

November 5, 2018 @ 2:27 PM


Yes, the old Jerrold converter box with the long wire.
After a short time certain station buttons would not stay down because of too much watching.
I had a trick - put a toothpick in after you pushed the button & everything would work fine. We had toothpicks galore on top of the TV & beside the box.
Them were the old days.

I subscribed to 1st Choice when 1st came out & then cancelled 2 months later as shows were shown late at night & again the next day.

November 5, 2018 @ 4:34 PM



I remember that, and watching the scrambled "Bleu Nuit". We'd stay up till 12-1am, thinking we saw maybe a boob.

Ahh the good ole days before the internet.

November 5, 2018 @ 7:55 PM

Blind Dave

Yep, I remember the Jerrold boxes too. We had one for regular cable.

In the beginning, there were three channels. First Choice, Superchannel, and C-Channel (theatre based). I just watched the promos. I was a college student at the time and couldn't afford the monthly fees. Not being a big movie buff anyway, I really didn't miss anything.

November 5, 2018 @ 8:13 PM

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